Deadlift? Dead legs…

Recently I was at the gym, following the weight lifting programme I’ve mentioned before. One of the exercises is a straight leg deadlift. I’ve been careful the past few weeks not to push myself too hard or lift too heavy, so I could make sure my form was correct & avoid any injuries. This time I decided to push myself.

I picked up a 20kg barbell, and found that too easy and could easily finish my reps. So I picked up another one, which turned out to be 35kg. This was a perfect weight – heavy and challenging. It’s been a long time since I lifted anything that heavy! I really enjoyed it. I felt like an absolute boss after finishing my sets! The next couple of days, however, I was very stiff and achy! I may have overdone it a little bit…

I’vibram-bikila-evove also started to do Zombies, Run! again – it’s a running app that simulates zombie chases and has a story to listen to as you run. It’s a lot of fun, and I recommend giving it a go!

Speaking of running, I’ve been looking into barefoot running recently. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and decided to invest in a pair of Vibram Fivefingers. For those who aren’t familiar with these trainers, they’re running shoes that simulate a barefoot feeling, while protecting your soles! Picture on the left!

Once they arrive, I’ll start out slowly and build up some foot strength – and post some updates.

 

Race For Life 2015 – Post-Race

Yesterday I did Race for Life. It was a 5k route, and as you may already know, I walked it due to recovering from surgery. My goal was to walk the 5k in 1 hour.

I enjoyed the route more than I did last year. I found that because I was walking and not constantly thinking ‘I really should be running’ I had more time to enjoy the park. After the first 1k we came to the toilets, I needed to go so I left the crowd and got in the que. When I came out again, I found that I was behind everyone…All 2500 people. Excluding the few people who were in the toilet still. Myself and a lovely Scottish lady set off at the same pace, and accompanied each other around the rest of the race. We kept a really steady pace and overtook quite a few of the other walkers. (I felt quite pleased about that as I didn’t want to be last…)

I did feel like I wanted to run, but I held back and settled into walking it. I felt good, I had no problems with my wounds – kind of almost scars now – other than the waistband of my trousers irritating them a little bit. I’m hoping that means I can start doing more activities…

The last little stretch to the finish me and my companion jogged to the end, with her grandchildren cheering us on. The race clock said we finished at around 1h8m, but it did take a long time to get over the start line so I was sure I had reached my target…

Race Stats

Distance: 5.2 kilometres
Race clock time: 1:08:00
Actual time: 56:25

race for life route

race for life stats

Race for Life Battersea 2015

Finished!

 

I had a really good time, and to top it all off…at the start of the race I bumped into Julie Creffield who runs the website & blog The Fat Girls Guide To Running – I may have fangirled a bit!!! I also crossed paths with her during the run 🙂 🙂 Meeting Julie really topped off my evening!

Race for Life 2015 – Pre-Race

Today is the day. I’m going to be doing Race for Life this evening after work, I wont be running as originally planned, but I will be walking it. Possibly getting some power walking in there once I’m warmed up! (Providing my insides don’t burst out of me…)

I’m aiming to complete the 5k route in 60 minutes – this is 15 minutes longer than it took me to run it last year, but I know that my fast walk is a similar pace to my jogging pace soo…it makes sense.

My plan for is to start off gently, then once I warm up a bit – maybe after 10 minutes or so (after the crowd thins out at the start of the race), increase my walking speed and get into a comfortable faster pace. I will be listening to my Harry Potter audio book along the way, which I am sure will make the time fly by! (I LOVE HP)

You can still donate to Cancer Research through my sponsor link, every little helps!

RFL15 Pre-race

See you on the other side…

Race For Life is ON

Morning!

I made a decision regarding whether I am going to partake in the Battersea Park Race For Life.

I am still going to do it, however it will be at a walk due to having 3 holes in my abdominal wall (tis a hinderance to running!). It looks like I’ll be going it alone this year so I really appreciate any and all forms of support. Though I’m sure cancer research would benefit more from sponsorship 😉

My JustGiving page is linked in my sidebar, if you’re feeling a surplus of funds at the moment!

Weigh In Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

After a very busy 3 weeks I’m back to my normal weigh in schedule (yaay)

Okay, here we go:

Last weigh in: 234.6 pounds
After Ben Nevis weight: 239 pounds
Today’s weigh in: 237.6 pounds
To lose for June goal: 38.6 pounds

Well, it doesn’t look good, but at least I’ve lost something after being in Scotland! I was surprised that I had bearing in mind I was in France last week – Aaall the pastries!

I’m tracking my food and measuring out my portions better – instead of guessing how much rice or pasta, I measure out a portion of it. This is helping me to not overeat without realising!

Exercise-wise, as I mentioned yesterday I’m throwing myself into running again to prepare for my Race For Life 5k. I want to combine this with some body weight exercises to build some strength – I’m going to be planning this out for the next 3 weeks later today.

I’m feeling positive, and looking forward to shifting some of this flubber!

Next Weeks Goal: 233 pounds

Runday Monday (Kinda!)

I brought my running gear into work with me on Monday, and after work I headed over to Battersea Park.

I had a backpack with all of my clothes, water, and tablet in it on my back. I’ve never ran with a pack on my back before so I found it quite difficult!

I ended up walking most of the route, I had too many issues all at once…

Running was too hard; my shoes were rubbing; the backpack unbalanced me; my earphones kept falling out; and I had indigestion.

It was not the most comfortable run I have ever done…

Distance: 2.6k

Time: 40 minutes

At this rate I’ll be completing the 5k in 1 hour 20 minutes. Not particularly good at all! I only have 3 weeks left until the run, so I’m kicking myself up the bottom and pushing myself into training.

On the plus side ‘Zombies, Run!’ episode 2 was good, I’m still enjoying that and am looking forward to continuing with it!

I’m still raising money for this run on my Justgiving page, the link is on my sidebar >>>>

I’m going to die!!!

Weigh in Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! and I’m back on my usual schedule of Wednesday weigh ins.

As you may know I was in Scotland last week, which will have taken a toll on my weight – in an upwards direction. When I first got back on Sunday, I weighed in at 239 pounds (the horror…). I was horribly bloated from all the crap food I’d consumed over the week, so I was expecting a high weigh in directly afterwards.

Last weigh in (17th April): 227 pounds
This week: 234.6 pounds

A gain of 7.6 pounds over two weeks, however a loss of 4.4 pounds from the weekend until now. So I’m heading in the right direction again now…

To lose for goal 2: 35.9 pounds

Let’s get cracking on this then…

Food
I’ve planned food out this week, which will help me to keep on track. I just need to stick to it and avoid the communal snacky-goodness at work.

Exercise
I need to train for my upcoming Race for Life, so I want to get out and run 3 times a week. No, scratch that, I need to. Not just want to…

Goals for Next week:
Weight: 230 Pounds
Exercise: run 3 times